Monday, 20 June 2011

Fire

John's car caught on fire on Clare Road.  
 When I arrived, the flames were quite large,  but I didn't think to take a photo.
Three fire trucks and a police car caused quite a stir in Clare Road.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Winter is here

This week we were given some oranges from a friends backyard tree.  These are so much better than the well travelled shop oranges that we can buy.

I haven't been posting as often recently.  This is partly due to to my time being taken up with earning money to pay the bills, but also because the garden work and production is seasonal, and activities and harvest are repeated similarly each year and I often have the feeling that I've written about a particular crop or activity in the past.
This week, the broad beans are looking very healthy.  These are the first ones that I planted some weeks ago.
The nights have been cold and the soil had cooled significantly, making germination slower.  I have a larger patch that was planted some time after these, and I'll be watching those also.

We are picking plenty of broccoli...
... with plenty more to come.

The garden is growing slowly during the colder weather...  except for the weeds!
From the front is lettuce, beetroot and fennel then cabbages, broccoli and celery, then a few carrots and onions and winter herbs (parsley and coriander) with salvias on the left hand side and weeds galore down the back beyond the clothes line.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Ladybird

I haven't seen any ladybirds for a while,  until today,
This one was sitting on a silver beet (chard) leaf.

Seasonal vegetables

Eating vegetables when they are in season is not only healthier, better for the environment and interesting, but, as I have written previously, makes food much more interesting.  Waiting for a particular fruit or vegetable in season (rather than having whatever you want flown from wherever it is in season) makes the enjoyment of the food so much more.

Right now, we have broccoli daily...
 .... the "already picked" broccoli heads are now producing side shoots as well....


... the last of the green beans....
And soon....  the cabbages are coming.....
.... and so are the fennel bulbs....

The most recent potato plants are growing in the soil enriched with goat poo....

... and we'll have new potatoes in the spring (though a few will be bandicooted before then, I'm sure.)






Broad beans are up

I planted the first of the broad beans about three weeks ago.  The weather has been very cold, but they are finally up....
.... there are three short rows here, in the garden that is closest to the house.  I have another patch that will eventually be more productive.  The beans are still  some months away, though the new leaves will be soup or "stir-fry" material as soon as the plants are big enough.

Saturday, 4 June 2011

The Adventures of Gertude

Gertude has been ththered in a new patch of weeds.....  but there is a pile of bricks to climb on.....
 ... hard to resist.

I went inside to hang the washing in the back verandah....

 ....and when I came back.....   she was standing on top of this car (a Borgward that belongs to John)...
 ... but as I came to see what she was doing, she jumped down onto the bonnet to check me out....
 .....and sniffed around the camera.....
Gertrude is nothing if not inquisitive.

Winter vegetables

It feels like winter.  We have had enough rain that I haven't had to water the garden, and it has been quite cold... even a couple of early morning frosts.  Today I went to pick vegetables for dinner.....
 ....  potatoes, broccoli, tiny cabbage, carrots, capsicums and eggs of course...  and you'll notice that our eggs come with a date....  4/6 today.

The cabbages are doing better since the couple of frosty mornings.  The cabbage moths and their caterpillars are gone for this year....
 ... and the heads are beginning to form.

The newest potato plants are doing very well.  These are growing in soil enriched with goat poo from her bedroom floor.....
 ... I can't wait to see how many potatoes these produce.

The garlic is growing (also in a mixture of goat poo) and looking healthy...


The echinacea is still clowering in the "salvia patch".....
 ....  I don't grow many flowers, but this is one little patch of salvias, rosemary, bay leaves, and a couple of unusual lavenders...

The strangest product at the moment is this little new eggplant....
.... must think it's still summer!